Is there a proper way to breathe? What are the health consequences of mouth breathing? How can you change the way you breathe? How does mouth breathing impact dental health? What about snoring? What is the importance of down-regulating before sleep? How does breathing impact our blood pressure? Does Wim Hof-style breathing stress the body?
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Patrick McKeown is a leading international expert on breathing and sleep. He is the creator, CEO and Director of Education and Training at Oxygen Advantage®, Director of Education and Training at Buteyko Clinic International and President of Buteyko Professionals International. Patrick explains the many health and mental consequences of mouth breathing, how to properly breathe, the connection between breathing and sleep, how Wim Hof-style breathing stresses the body, and much more.
“People who mouth breathe are more prone to dental cavities, gum disease, bad breath.”
“Dry mouth signifies that you’ve been traumatizing your airways all night long.
“If you’re breathing hard and fast, there’s an increased negative pressure in the airway and this is going to contribute to a lapse of the airway.”
“By breathing through the nose, you’ve got correct tongue-resting posture. With your tongue resting on the roof of the mouth, it’s less likely to encroach the airway. And also by breathing through your nose, there’s a better position of the mandible, which is your jaw.”
“10% of the population have chronic insomnia.”
“Your breathing is influencing your sleep, your sleep influences your breathing, your sleep influences your mind, but if your mind is racing, that influences your sleep. We have to look at the mind. We have to look at breathing. We have to look at sleep.”
“Breathing has been overlooked in so many industries. It’s been overlooked in psychiatry. 75% of people with anxiety and panic disorder have dysfunctional breathing. Lower back pain. 50% of people with lower back pain have dysfunctional breathing.”
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